Catching Fire press overload has begun! BRING IT, BABY!
We know that it can be daunting for some, but we personally love soaking in all the teasers before the movie actually hits theaters. Most fans will turn around in a week and say “It feels like we’ve seen half the movie already!” Well, ya haven’t and you’ll realize that once you get out the theater!
As much as we love interviews, we’re in it for the REAL goods… That’s right: CLIPS. Sweet, delicious angst-dipped morsels of movie magic! Unlike trailers, it’s more than 5 seconds per shot and you really get to feel the moment!
We’ve been graced with two clips in the last couple days. Now let’s get together and drool over them!
Clip #1 – “You Do What You Want. I’m Staying Here.”
As introduced by Hemsy and The Chin (after confirming that Liam does not, in fact, have sex with kangaroos), clip #1 shows Katniss and Gale debating whether or not to run away from District 12.
Gale doesn’t seem as fervently anti-Capitol in his pursuits to protect the districts as he is in the books. Perhaps the raging ripping off of leather gloves just didn’t have the same effect on screen?! But alas, the cross-marketing opportunity of Gale angrily turning away Capitol Couture products has been missed! Forever sad! Then again, this obviously isn’t the WHOLE scene, just a pretty chunk.
But for real, guys… Katniss effing Everdeen. She doesn’t want anyone looking to her! She can’t help them! And we totally believe her helplessness in that moment, even though we know she’s dead wrong in the long run.
That girl had our emotions all in a tizzy until our attentions were turned to the Capitol brigade and their gas-guzzling ways!
Also, we feel like we should be writing free verse poetry about the gray barrenness of District 12… and possibly these characters’ lives. Just because.
Clip #2 – “This Trip Doesn’t End When You Go Back Home.”
Damn Haymitch! Time for three snaps in Z formation as you tell these n00b victors what it’s all about! Winning The Hunger Games is (usually) a one-time deal, but being a victor is FOR-EV-ER.
Note that both Haymitch and Peeta are not in the loop about Katniss’ debacle in film world, which probably means Peeta doesn’t have a massive meltdown about being kept in the dark all the time. But he still seems pretty damn pissed, which gives us a look at the appropriately bolder Peeta that’s more in line with the books.
Meanwhile, Jennifer Lawrence is really good at crying. She cries on cue like a boss! And it’s tearing up our hearts into little teeny shreds! Katniss will be emotionally shot for 90% of this movie, which means we will be too. Dammit!
Only One More Thing We Need… MOAR CLIPS!
The Girl With The Pearl
Katniss, Peeta, and Haymitch Clip
Facebook Live Event
Jennifer Lawrence and Francis Lawrence Tumblr Chat
Entertainment Weekly and The Hunger Games go together like pie and ice cream. Ever since we got our first look at Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss, the magazine has given this fandom some great gems (Jennifer Lawrence toasting with “To Amelia Earhart, may she find her way” is a great example). Also, let it be known that I have an Entertainment Weekly subscription just because it was more cost effective for me than to keep going out and buying magazines with Hunger Games covers. So, of course, fast forward to now, pre-Catching Fire release, I was just waiting for their second The Hunger Games: Catching Fire cover – because let’s be real, we knew the first teaser one wasn’t going to be the only one. And we get four – yes, FOUR – covers to
collect choose from.
We’ve got Katniss, sans braid, which we’ve been seeing a lot lately, her blown behind her. At first I thought that maybe they could’ve chosen a better picture, but the more I look at it, the more I’m digging the vulnerability in her expression.
For Peeta, I feel like it’s time to retire that pose for Josh Hutcherson. Poor Josh, they don’t seem to like having him look straight at the camera, he seems to always be looking up and to the side.
Sam Claflin as Finnick (yay, he gets his own cover!) is dead on in my opinion. That’s Catching Fire Finnick to me – smoldering and a little dangerous with something hidden. I’m crossing my fingers for this one; if it doesn’t come to my house I’m going out looking for it.
And Gale… in the arena. Okay, okay. I’m fairly confident that he’s in front of the arena background to make all the covers look uniform – no, I don’t really think he’s just going to randomly show up at the Quarter Quell. I really can’t wait for the Mockingjay movies so that Gale can stop looking out of place. But it’s just like with the chair pictures where, as a major character, he needs to be included in the major marketing. And the waves and rain are just added into the picture with Photoshop. We can live with that, right? (Everyone: Right.)
I really can’t wait to get this issue of Entertainment Weekly. November is fast approaching, and I’m ready to get into fangirl mode.
Oh and I’m sure the article will be awesome too
We have a confession to make. Most fansites are too nice or perhaps too sane to think like this, but– Oh! We’re not! Here goes: We take some sick pleasure in watching tiny factions of the fandom lose their minds over nothing. IT. IS. HILARIOUS.
We’ve touched on Peeta Paranoia, the completely unfounded and totally irrational fear that Peeta’s role in Catching Fire will be overshadowed because Gale is also featured in the advertising, in the past. But recently, it’s been taken to a whole new level after the reveal of a Catching Fire soundtrack number entitled “Gale Song”. A new, pathetic level.
Mockingjay.net posted an infographic detailing how Peeta is actually way more dominant in the Catching Fire advertisement. It breaks down stills, promotional images, lines and appear times in the trailer, and appearances by the actors, among other things. To be clear, we think this is BRILLIANT. It spells out how this is an irrational fear… unless you are SO very irrational that you assume it’s a conspiracy, of course!
The comments on MJ.net are enough to throw us into a giggle fit (though some of them are just plain rude to the awesome, hardworking MJ staff and that is NOT COOL)! They accuse the site of going along with “The Gale Agenda” and a couple even question how much Lionsgate is paying them to side with their marketing campaign.
AHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA *gasp* HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHA! Do you honestly think Lionsgate pays fansites for anything? Like ever?! REALLY?! Literally, there’s giggles happening as I write this, because the very thought is so ludicrous. Also, a “Gale Agenda”? Have they read the books?! Besides the fact that Peeta is featured much more heavily in the campaign, anyone who knows Suzanne Collins’ endgame should be bright enough to realize that a Gale Agenda would be completely counter-productive. Lionsgate would be shooting themselves in the foot come Mockingjay Part 1, when the audience needs to be so emotionally attached to Peeta that they are in constant fear for his safety and shocked by his hijacking.
Also, Peeta and Katniss end up together so it is not an actual competition, kids! And we assume Lionsgate would not set up the series to make non-readers root specifically for the character that’s maligned in the end, because they like it when their movies get good ratings.
The more reasonable portion of the unreasonable try to argue that it’s not the time that the characters have been promoted, but the context in which they’re been promoted. Gale kissing Katniss and tackling a Peacekeeper is shown, along with some heady quotes inspiring revolution. Peeta’s lines are more quiet and introspective, his relationship with Katniss is strained and not particularly loving. This small faction of Peeta fans has got their panties in a bunch because apparently, they’ve never read the first half of Catching Fire, in which this is almost exactly what happened. The tackled Peacekeeper is the only considerable difference and it won’t make or break character favoritism.
In case you forgot, Gale DOES spout off talk of revolution often, get in trouble with Peacekeepers, and kiss Katniss on a whim. Peeta and Katniss DO struggle to discover where they truly stand and during that time, Peeta is very careful in what he says to Katniss. This isn’t fanfiction. Gale is strong but a bit loud and showy in his rebelliousness, Peeta is strong but quiet and careful– at least, at the points we’re being shown in the trailer. If you don’t like that, you’re not yet fully aware of your own hypocrisy. Not to mention that audiences crying about Peeta not being portrayed correctly HAVEN’T SEEN THE MOVIE and have no idea how he is portrayed throughout! They’ve seen about three scenes.
Real talk, guys. If Peeta is portrayed as poorly as he was in the first movie, we’ll be right there with you complaining. But we can only say that about the first movie because we’ve watched it several times and analyzed it at an almost unhealthy level. Nobody has seen Catching Fire yet. You’re judging a whole movie by a two-minute trailer meant to show you a very restricted peek at specific scenes.
Where is Peeta’s kiss, you ask? Or Peeta being a badass in the arena? Or Peeta being a brilliant spokesperson during the Victory Tour? That stuff is probably being saved. Not because it’s not worthy of showing audiences, but because those are the big moments! You don’t show your whole hand at once or you’re destroying the element of surprise! We haven’t seen anything passed the countdown in the arena, because that’s when things get really good and 98% of it involves Peeta. Be patient!
Re: “Gale Song”: There are a couple songs about Peeta or Katniss/Peeta on the Catching Fire soundtrack, as there were on The Hunger Games soundtrack. Just because it’s not called “Peeta Song” doesn’t mean it doesn’t count for anything. There could be songs about Snow, Finnick, Effie or Haymitch for all we know. So let’s stop freaking out just because The Lumineers (who we’re just happy to see featured on the soundtrack!) didn’t come up with an alternate title to what was probably their placeholder title during the submission process. Also, the song is FREAKING BEAUTIFUL. Stop hatin’!
Way to Embarrass The Sensible Peeta Fans,
The Girl With The Pearl
This week has brought us FOUR new Catching Fire stills. Kinda.
See, the stills already came out ages ago, because they were part of the NECA calendar released back in July. The images were treated as embargoed from the Internet, despite being readily available elsewhere. It was very confusing. But now they’re here and they’re HQ, courtesy of Panem Propaganda!
Of the four, we’re talking about TWO today. The one’s we aren’t talking about are:
1) Effie looking Capitol. Because we don’t have much more to say than “Effie looks Capitol!”
2) Katniss and Cinna, pre-Games, because it’s the moment before THE MOMENT. We may spontaneously burst into tears and turn into an utter mess because OH MY GOODNESS! WHY DID IT HAVE TO HAPPEN?!
Instead, we’ll focus on the two photos that juxtapose each other kind of brilliantly and give fans a sense of the ch-ch-changes brought about in Catching Fire via a fine display of Emo kid faces!
Example Numero Uno:
Katniss and Peeta at The Victory Tour, throwing on those ultra fake smiles in the hope of saving Panem. Peeta is in front of the microphone, because we all know he’s the designated speaker of the two. It’s possible that this is post-District 11, as he’s got cue cards in hand and that’s the point at which our Victors KNOW they can’t screw around. The look on their faces shows AND tells, people! They’re in way over their heads. Neither of them is looking mighty comfortable. They’re not concerned about each other, either. There’s greater forces working here and no one has control.
Example Numero Dos:
Katniss and Gale in District 12, busting out ALL the Emo faces that they really feel, because the world is slowly turning upside-down since Katniss’ win (and there are likely Peacekeepers creepin’ on their turf). Katniss describes Gale as the one person she can turn to in Catching Fire, mainly because they’re both going through a time where they hate everything. But Gale is yet in the clutches of the Capitol and– despite his emerald green Grandpa button-up– looks like a man in control. Katniss is unhappy, but Gale is furious. He looks like someone about to jump into action. And OH HAI Cinna’s fingerless gloves!
Side by side, the two photos are an interesting look at the effects of the Capitol. It’s eating at Katniss, plain and simple. This is a perfect example of why we all hate love triangle talk. She can’t be happy anywhere, whether it’s home or away, with Peeta or with Gale. This is a story of Katniss, who’s not busy pining over anyone. She’s working with Peeta in an effort to save the nation’s collective skin (and failing.) She’s trying to be best friends with Gale again, but she’s been through things that he’ll never understand and they’re slowly divided by it. This ain’t no love story! It’s a war story! And a freaking sad one, at that!
Side note: Either Pajama Jeans or incredibly high-waisted pants are all the rage in Panem, because both Peeta and Gale’s pants have no zippers! Or perhaps they’re so busy enjoying the spoils from the Capitol with Katniss that they gained some weight and needed to invest some some good elastic-banded trousers!
We Hope It’s Pajama Jeans!
The Girl With The Pearl
The Spice Girls were right.. We need more Girl Power in this world STAT!
We had a great guest post back in June about Katniss Everdeen, the girl who isn’t exactly universally loved by the fandom. Writer mse totally nailed it when she talked about all the complexities of Katniss that fans should love, but often take for granted. Instead, fans fault her for “annoying” habits: She’s rash, emotional, not always a shining beacon of confidence, and willing to prioritize certain people above others. And let’s face it, the perpetrators of the idea that these characteristics are “annoying” in a female protagonist are usually other women.
Meanwhile, those fans will herald Gale for being a “Man’s Man” for possessing the same characteristics they claim to hate in Katniss. There’s nothing wrong with the way either of them act… except we’re readily willing to accept that behavior from a dude, not a chick.
Though Suzanne Collins hasn’t discussed this phenomenon directly, Cassandra Clare, author of The Mortal Instruments, talked about it in a way that was pretty intriguing. Many people describe her female protagonist, Clary Fray, as “annoying” (which Clare essentially says is a copout word for people don’t bother to pinpoint their actual problems with the character). To which Clare has responded on multiple occasions by saying she’s purposefully given Clary predominantly male characteristics, many of which she shares with Katniss. OH SNAP! Yup, she’s rash and doesn’t always make the best decisions. She prioritizes her family above many others, including herself, and people die in the process. She finds herself in situations she never dreamed of facing and gets doesn’t always handle her emotions well.
To specifically quote Clare:
“So I guess what I would say is that of course being a female character doesn’t meant you get a pass from anyone ever not liking you. But if you’re using the word “annoying” to describe a girl or woman, real or fictional, take a moment to stop and ponder what it is that makes you think that character is annoying, what precise actions she took that bothered you so much, and whether they would have bothered you if a boy did them.”
Regardless of your thoughts on Clary and The Mortal Instruments, girl’s got a point about literature in general. The readers have this preset idea of what characteristics belong with a certain gender and any assignment of those characteristics elsewhere drives some people cray cray!
Think of all the well loved, oh-so-broken male characters out there! They have dark pasts and they struggle so much and we just want to hug them and save them from their pain! They don’t mean to make bad decisions, they just try to do what they think is best to protect to people they love! Despite their hard exterior, we know their hearts are golden! (…In my mind, I’m saying this all in the sappy voice typically reserved for babies and puppies.)
In The Hunger Games, Katniss is not the only one who gets this treatment. Though Peeta is well-liked by many, his naysayers often cite his more feminine characteristics as a reason to hate him: He doesn’t like fighting or confrontation and doesn’t always win! He’s openly afraid of death! He’s sensitive! He bakes, for god sake! And of course, the Mockingjay ringer that will forever kill us: It took him a long while to fight off months of Tracker Jacker venom-induced brainwashing that most people never even recover from, but readers assume a more masculine character could’ve handled faster.
Oh, Katniss. We love that you’re tough as nails and flawed and a total bitchface when the moment calls for it (though we would like it if other characters called you out on it more often). And we love Peeta for being the voice of reason and having strength of mind, just as much as we love Gale for his ability to kick Peacekeeper ass.
Are We Surprised That I Am A Total Tomboy?
The Girl With The Pearl
Welcome to another trailer reaction post! If you’ve never seen one of these before, the Victor’s Village gang gets together whenever there’s a big reveal or event to discuss in detail, which typically melts down to insanity!
These posts are spoilery, likely typo filled, and LONG, therefore you’ll find most of it under the cut! Enjoy!
THE PUNCTUATION OF DOOM
The Girl With The Pearl: All right! Let’s start off with the first shot of the trailer…
TGWTP: VICTORS’ VILLAGE
Twiffidy: Yes! I cheered when they showed that.
Them There Eyes: They made it possessive plural.
TGWTP: I feel the need to change the punctuation everywhere on the site. But then our matches Suzanne Collins, so I won’t. I guess it depends on how you interpret it? Maybe Suzanne WANTED it to be a village for each individual victor? LOL
Them There Eyes: my screen was stuck on that frame for about an hour…. because Yahoo! Movies was being a dick. You can see my frustration being expressed in my Twitter feed. It was glorious.
Twiffidy: LOL I’m just wondering how that change came about. Was there someone really nitpicky about grammar in the production design team?
TGWTP: There must have been! They probably went back and forth with Suzanne on it, too!
Them There Eyes: Perhaps….
TGWTP: Also, I named our site after a ghetto. Starting to feel like I’m full of poor choices…
Twiffidy: It looks very dreary English
Them There Eyes: Ghetto… no way. Ghetto needs some put upon Jewish people living 8 to a room.
TGWTP: I wasn’t necessarily going for World War II ghetto, but the drift is there lol
Them There Eyes: I’ve said it a million billion times, it looks like 19th century/ Victorian era England… which is brilliant considering so many people pictured Victor’s Village to be ultra modern, and high end looking. Instead they’re probably some of the oldest standing buildings in the District.
Twiffidy: And compared to the Seam, it must be ultra modern.
Them There Eyes: I dunno, The Seam seemed (ha), to be mostly shacks from the Teens and ’20s in style. The Victorian era, style wise pre-dates the Seam in that sense then.
TGWTP: Katniss is essentially walking into a Victorian horror novel!
Twiffidy: Also did you notice the scene following with Katniss and Prim is in Victors’ Village? I always assumed it was in the forest.
Them There Eyes: Yes… poor girls trying to forage in the Village. There is no life in that place…
Twiffidy: Imagine Haymitch lived there all by himself for YEARS
Them There Eyes: No wonder he started drinking. I personally can’t wait to see if they keep Haymitch’s place a total sty.
FORGET MOCKINGJAYS… WHERE ARE THE GIANT BABIES?!
TGWTP: Moving on, I’m so impressed by the imagery in this trailer, especially art as a form of protest. That Mockingjay in the train tunnel? I NEARLY CRIED.
Them There Eyes: Yes… I think we can all agree that we let out a collective gasp when we saw that Mockingjay painted in the tunnel. That, or got shivers.
Twiffidy: It’s a great issue to present since, of course, the creativity in the districts and artistic expression would very much have been stifled
Them There Eyes: It’s pastry flowers and knitted stolls… that is the extent of artistic expression in the Districts.
TGWTP: I hope there’s more. Like Banksy art of crazy proportions.
Them There Eyes: A giant baby painted on a wall in District 7?
TGWTP: Why not?!
Them There Eyes: No, no… giant baby with a white beard!
Today, Guest Postapalooza begins! Our first post is from Satsuma, who is handing Gale Hawthorne a healthy dose of something he needs more from fans: understanding.
Just to clarify– We don’t write many character based posts, so any Peeta-biased sentiment suggested here comes mainly from other guest posts.
I’ve noticed that Katniss and Peeta get a lot of attention around here, but Gale, not so much. So here’s my attempt to give the Boy With the Snares some love. Some of this was inspired by the recent debates along THG fandom these days, with some fans being very worried that Francis Lawrence and others involved in the Catching Fire movie, are paying too much attention to Gale Hawthorne as a
character, and giving others (well, TBH, ONE other, his “rival” Peeta) short shrift.
Certainly, Gale DOES seem to fit a certain mold of hero that is often showcased in movies and TV shows. The Handsome Rebellious Action Hero, who has women falling all over him (but lets romance take a back seat to the Cause) like an alpha male should, but is also a Family Man who loves his mother and family, both by blood and “adopted” in the case of the Everdeens. A “local boy made good” who moves up in the world, getting some well-deserved, cathartic revenge on his enemies on the way.
But while Gale seems to fill many traditional “action hero” tropes, it seems only a minority of fans see him as anywhere near heroic. SC manages to subvert those tropes, when another author might have painted Gale’s actions as completely justified, because “we’re fighting a war here” where there’s no room for mercy towards your enemies. Many stories that deal with rebellions against tyrants, portray the rebels as innocent, oppressed people throwing off their chains, who the audience can cheer for without reservation, even as they’re blowing up thousands of people.
What I find to be groundbreaking about the THG series, is that Suzanne Collins does NOT let the rebels off the hook, does not give the reader that cathartic moment when the enemy falls, and all becomes right with the world. She does not use the atrocities committed by the Capitol side to justify those of the rebels. Not only that, while good ol’ Alma is obviously the “other side of the Coin”, to Snow, and her evilness is shocking to some, I don’t think Collins meant for the whole war to be just a struggle for power between Snow, Coin, and their cronies, or for Katniss, Peeta, Finnick, and other soldiers to be mere pawns in their Game-of-Thrones-like schemes. I think Gale’s story specifically makes that much too simple an interpretation.
I never got the impression that Gale is meant to be a mere victim of Coin and her machinations, anymore than he is a mere victim of Snow and his regime. Gale makes his own decision to “take a page out of Snow’s book”, exercises his own agency in doing so, and deserves his share of responsibility for the consequences.
However, just because Gale is not meant to be a hero or a victim, neither is he a villain. If you look at matters from Gale’s POV, we know that he faced hardships all his life due to the Capitol oppressing the Districts, and was almost whipped to death for the crime of trying to feed his family. Not only that, when the Capitol bombed D12, he saw thousands of innocent people brutally massacred, with no way to fight back.
Do I agree with his “fight fire with fire” attitude? No, but I can understand it, and sympathize with Gale’s thirst for revenge. Katniss does as well, when she imagines the scene after Gale tells her, in D2, of seeing children burned alive by Capitol bombs, bombs dropped by Peacekeepers from D2. For a moment, she wants “everyone in the mountain dead”. I think most fans wind up sympathizing with Gale, but not so much that they find his actions completely justified.
What’s also interesting is that, despite his actions, Gale winds up with what might be the happiest ending possible in the world SC has created. Yes, he loses Katniss’s friendship, but he isn’t dead,
maimed, or psychologically destroyed. He hasn’t lost his mother or his siblings and he seems to have achieved some material success with his “fancy job in D2″. Another author might have been tempted to “punish” Gale more as a way to make it quite obvious that He Did The Wrong Thing.
Now, I’m sure some readers did conclude that the ending of MJ shows there’s no point in trying to do the right thing, that the best way to live life is to just look out for your own welfare, and perhaps that of your family. That doesn’t seem to be the majority opinion, though. Seems SC was right to give her readers more credit, that they could understand that just because good deeds aren’t always rewarded, and evil deeds often not punished, doesn’t mean “there is no good and evil, only power” (to quote a certain character from Harry Potter).
Now, does Gale sleep well at night, or is he haunted by Prim’s death, perhaps that of others? We don’t know. We also don’t know the exact nature of his “fancy job” in D2, but it seems likely that he has a position in the “military-industrial complex” there. Did he go there as a conqueror, to rule over those in D2? Or did he realize that he DID have similarities to the people there, much like Katniss did earlier? We don’t know, and perhaps SC meant for this ambiguity to exist. Another interesting question is whether Gale would have agreed with Coin’s proposal for a Hunger Games involving Capitol kids. I’m really not sure myself. I think much depends on whether Prim’s death led him to question anything, or if he thinks it’s justified to “show them what it’s like to lose what they love”. (That’s a quote from a certain character in Game of Thrones.)
Now, all that being said, will Movie!Gale wind up being shown as more heroic than Book!Gale? Or more romantically desirable, to the point that movie watchers will wonder why Katniss lets him walk away? I suppose the risk is there, especially if they show Gale rescuing people in D12 at the end of CF, or perhaps being part of the tribute rescue mission in MJ. However, at this point I’m still pretty confident that Suzanne, Nina, Francis, and others involved will avoid that trap. I guess we’ll have to wait and see.